Quotes I Like

Quotes I like from real life, movies, books and music.  Added at a whim.

“Sometimes a man can forget the most important lesson of all: big dreams are often accomplished when you do what you can with the materials you have at hand.” from the book The Eighty Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts, 3/12

“All that I have are the choices that I make, and I choose her “–David (Matt Damon) in the movie The Adjustment Bureau

There are many quotes I could include, from the book The Petting Zoo, by Jim Carroll. Here is the one I chose, 4/11:

“That’s why I think spirit and character may be the same.  Art can tap something beyond intellect, but your character determines if you will receive it through your inner register, through the intuitive wisdom of an open heart, through your instincts, nerve, and heart. ”

Below, Andre Agassi, in his book Open  3/11

Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself.

I never knew this was an acceptable point of view.  Now I steer by it. Now it’s my North Star…Life is a tennis match between polar opposites.  Winning and losing, love and hate, open and closed.  It helps to recognize that painful fact early.  Then embrace the polar opposites within yourself, and if you can’t embrace them, or reconcile them, at least accept them and move on.  The only thing you cannot do is ignore them.

I can’t think of one reason big enough to lie and one reason small enough to matter. — Casey Affleck in Gone, Baby, Gone

From the book My Antonia, by Will Cather.:” at any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something good and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.”

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” opening line in Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.  I love that the narrator remains unnamed throughout the book.

Fiction tells truths of the heart that non-fiction cannot tell,” said Nancy Horan during a presentation at the Printer’s Row Book Fair a couple years ago.


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